Google Blocking Asus's Android-Windows "Duet"?
It kind of makes me wonder if there's an x86 iPad out there running OS X and iOS in a VM..
Satoshi Nakamoto Found? Not So Fast
I think basically Newsweek would claim "we did all this research and a lot of points to this guy as being the guy. Our news story doesn't say "this guy is the guy, our news story lays out the evidence and says we think this is the guy based on this evidence."
Fair? Maybe not, but I'm guessing the newspaper's free speech rights cover their ability to investigate and speculate as long as they are clear about the fact that they are indeed speculating. It's a question of ethics and credibility as to whether the evidence is of enough quantity and quality that they should publish a news story speculating.
BP Finds Way To Bypass US Crude Export Ban
This. And I think it's not even endgame, there's shorter time horizon strategic value to have surplus crude in the US where we're not needing to rely on imports in a crisis situation.
We can keep the tankers running in brushfire wars, when we start tangoing with the big boys that's not as good of an option. Being able to get it at home is a lot more appealing.
Should Newsweek Have Outed Satoshi Nakamoto's Personal Details?
I don't follow bitcoin enough to know one way or another, but there's a commonly stated idea that the guy who invented bitcoin is sitting on a big stash of coins because he was able to mine them when it was much easier to do so.
If that's true or even if it's a strong maybe, if Newsweek could find him then presumably anyone motivated enough, good motive or bad, could find him, and the idea that he's sitting on a lot of bitcoin ought to be a big motivation for black hats to find him. And by black hats, I don't just mean networking black hats, but the kind of black hats operate on a more physical level, be they organized crime, intelligence service types or others of a similar ilk.
You could make an argument that publicity actually helps him in this regard, because it raises his profile enough that it makes it more difficult to use violence or intimidation against him.
None of this is necessarily an ethical argument for outing him on circumstantial evidence or outing him at all, but as bitcoin has grown in publicity the risk of being outed has only grown for him. He could have controlled the process by controlling his own public exposure instead of being "outed".
Is Traffic Congestion Growing Three Times As Fast As Economy?
It's not because they are non-white racial groups, but that poverty and other social problems are so over-represented in those groups. This seems to have two effects, low parental participation (engagement in-school and engagement in homework, reading, and other similar learning reinforcement) as well kids who bring their at-home social problems with them to school.
This leaves teachers and schools struggling with a whole bunch of social welfare problems schools are ill-equipped and funded to handle as well forcing teachers to devote a lot of time on remedial learning, which hurts the educational opportunities for the kids who are more or less in the median.
And I think it drives well-meaning school officials into a hopeless struggle to close the "achievement gap" which is in actuality trying to solve the much larger social welfare problems. They end up dysfunctional from fighting problems of scale which greatly exceed their resources.
New Tool Makes Android Malware Easier To Create
It looks to me like CarPlay exploits the iPhone (and iPad, AFAIK) ability to use an HDMI display as a second monitor rather than an in-dash computing device on its own. When plugged into the CarPlay interface, the home screen gets output to the in-dash display and switches to a dumbed-down, big-icon interface that only displays apps with CarPlay approved display/interfaces.
CarPlay hardware is probably just a custom Lightning HDMI dongle (more or less) that handles video and touch input, meaning that it probably will have an Android analog that somehow works with Android HDMI output. I'm not enough of an Android user to know if Android HDMI output works similarly as a "second" display the way iOS does or not or if Android has an external touch capability the way CarPlay apparently does.
I could be totally wrong about all this, but I can't see carmakers buying into iOS and Apple's control enough to actually let them own the infotainment system down to hardware & software or it being at all practical to actually have iOS run in the dash.
First LSD Test In 40 Years Reveal Drug Helps Terminal Patients Prepare For Death
I think there are those moments in normal life where you gain an understanding of something and you are struck by the profound nature of whatever truth it is you discover, sort of a breakthrough moment. These moments are fleeting and not usually common occurrences.
I think part of what LSD does is to stimulate the brain in a way that makes more ideas seem like they provide a profound understanding or meaning.
I think a lot of terminally ill people probably suffer from a lot of confusion and fear because they know they are dying and it is tied to a lot of emotions like fear and anger and confusion. When they talk about these things with a therapist on LSD they probably are able to have the experience of a profound understanding and meaning about their illness and dying.
A lot of the early experimentation with LSD often involved someone who served as a "guide" -- quite often someone with a background in psychology, and I think those people often prompted a lot of discussion that enhanced this.
I know in college we used to wander around campus and really be taken in by the details of architecture on campus buildings. I can remember being in a small, man-made concrete "amphitheater" and if you stood at the focal point of its shape you would hear a kind of perfect echo. Suddenly mathematics and architecture became unified in some kind of perfect synergy that was quite profound at the time. Later, of course, it was just a kind of ugly, modernist college campus landscape feature that nobody ever used for its theater-like purpose.
Apple Launches CarPlay At Geneva Show
I get the impression the apps are on the phone, not the car. I was just looking at a third party browser app yesterday that was touting its "presentation mode" where you could choose what browser tab you wanted to have displayed on a connected HDMI display so you could display some other tab on the phone/ipad at the same time.
This leads me to believe that the phone is driving the car's display in a similar manner.
I would guess that when the phone is connected to the display the home screen switches to "CarPlay" mode and outputs to the car display, filtering the apps down to the list of CarPlay compatible apps which when run their CarPlay-specific user interface on the HDMI output.
The "older" car is still a problem, though, as even if there's no software in the car infotainment system to interface with (ie, the display is simply used as if it had an HDMI external input), the interface hardware itself may not be supported by some version of iPhone 15 10 years from now.
First LSD Test In 40 Years Reveal Drug Helps Terminal Patients Prepare For Death
I'd say it was more like the first test in 24 years, I remember it being tested extensively in college.
I do remember there was often a sense of finding a higher meaning or truth, but come morning we could never remember what it was. It was maddening. So one time I borrowed a pocket dictation machine during our, uh, testing, and we thought we'd record this great insight we had.
Even though we finally went to bed with the idea that we had, at last, captured this great truth for posterity, when we listened to the tape the next day we were disappointed to find out that all we had recorded were the semi-coherent ramblings of some guys on LSD,
Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires
This is outside my depth to answer, but is Windows 7 modular in design enough that the Win8 touch interface could be layered onto Win7? Are there Win8 kernel/system improvements that could be bolted onto Win7 without complex backporting of features into Win7?
Given that the compatibility mode answer for Win7 is a WinXP virtual desktop, I'm sort of inclined to think the answer above is generally yes. But this leads to the conclusion that Win8 is mostly version churn for upgrade dollars, not some low-level technology enhancement that Win7 isn't modular enough to be adapted to.
If the answer is no, I wonder how long until we have a Windows OS with enough designed-in modularity that a version upgrade in the way its thought of now will be less a question of forklift and more of a service pack, and that it will be possible (within the limits of the hardware) to keep running the "same" OS long-term without needing to forklift.
Comcast Turning Chicago Homes Into Xfinity Hotspots
The problem is that Comcast doesn't have the uplink bandwidth past the neighborhood aggregation point.
I know a lot of people who have bought Comcast's higher speed packages and only ever get a fraction of it, especially during peak usage.
I had a client with multiple buildings that each had Comcast business internet. With good firewall hardware (using hardware assist crypto) at both ends we could not get a VPN to deliver anything more than a 1/4 of the paid bandwidth tier. Both endpoints were located on different aggregation points due to the geography of the building placement.
What's ironic about this (or not) is that Comcast wants to shape Netflix down to lower bandwidth because they consume too much but they want to use customer routers as access points?
Feds Now Oppose Aereo, Rejecting Cloud Apocalypse Argument
The Golden Rule. Those with the gold get to make the rules.
Low-Protein Diet May Extend Lifespan
Low carbohydrate diets have been misleadingly labeled "high protein" because they generally feature high amounts of meat. But really, total protein is flat from a 'normal' diet to a low carb one.
They should be actually renamed high fat diets, since carbohydrates are replaced with fat vs. protein. Excessive protein diets can lead to what's called rabbit starvation as a result of eating too little fat.
I have also lost weight this way and agree that eliminating sugary foods was easiest, followed by pastas and other starches. Beer was difficult to give up, I switched to bourbon exclusively for about 9 months but have gradually given in to the tune of about 2-4 cans of beer a week without ill effect. I dial it back in the winter and loosen in the summer.
I really haven't missed sugary stuff, I get a bit of sweet from homemade whipped cream made with Splenda over a small bowl of blueberries 1-2 times a week. In the last 2.5 years I've eaten about 6 desserts and I only really enjoyed the 2 ice cream cones, and the boutique ice cream place's cone about got my high there was so much sugar, everything else was just too sweet.
In Ukraine, Cyber War With Russia Heating Up
My sense is that the West is slightly overreacting.
A defensive posture in the Crimea isn't unsurprising given the location of the Black Sea fleet and Russia's lack of warm water sea ports.
I would think that what the West may want to negotiate for is a pullback of Russian troops to the boundaries of their bases in return for an acknowledgement of the legitimacy (however dubious it may be) of their leases.
By pushing Putin hard publicly, the West just seems to be trying to bait him into showing more force, which he will gladly do to bask in the glory of Russian nationalist sentiment.
I doubt even Putin has an appetite to try to take other Ukrainian territory by force or even near force. Georgia was too small to fight back, but Ukraine has enough non-Russian population to be a tough nut to crack and a lot of bitter memories of Soviet days.
His leverage over Europe through natural gas gets to be a tougher level to pull as the weather warms, too, so the clock is ticking.
Teaching Calculus To 5-Year-Olds
In college, I wish someone would have explained Calculus to me like I was five. I might have done better than a C.
Having it taught to me by a passable English speaker would have also helped.
Second Federal 'Kill-switch' Bill Introduced Targeting Smartphone Theft
This has been an iPhone/iPad feature for a while, yet I don't recall hearing a lot of stories about maliciously erased iPhones.
There seems to be a lot of assumptions that phones will be targeted, but given that hasn't happened, why assume some new system would fall victim to this?
Child Porn Arrest For Cameron Aide Who Helped Plan UK Net Filters
What are the odds of this being a frame-up? Motivated by any number of reasons involving political competition, dislike of the law/system, personal vendetta?
How about any legitimate claims of acquisition resulting from research on how easy/hard it is to find child porn?
Of all the people who could possibly make either claim, this guy seems like he is in the position to do so.
Although it also seems to fit that someone who was secretly into child porn might also be want to be in a position where they might believe they are above suspicion or close to the source.
Bitcoin Exchange Flexcoin Wiped Out By Theft
How would that be different from the kinds of clawbacks that happen when someone commits a large-scale fraud and a receiver retrieves the money spent by the person who committed the fraud?
Material goods get seized and auctioned, but in the case of cash transfers the receivers often claw back the money from vendors and even charities. It happened here when Tom Petters ponzi/fraud was exposed, I distinctly remember a story about how some charities who had been the recipient of large donations by Petters had been kind of fucked when they found out his donations had to be given back.
The same kinds of thing can happen to people who unknowningly buy stolen merchandise. An article on automobile title fraud talked about people who had bought cars from legitimate car dealers who had sold the cars in good faith, believing the title legitimate. When it was discovered that the titles were fraudulent, the new owners lost their cars. It was reported that the dealers reimbursed the owners for their loss (it would be reputation and lawsuit nightmare not to).
You could do a bitcoin blacklist for stolen coins, but you would need an agreement by exchanges to respect it and probably some kind of government/regulatory oversight to ensure that a blacklist was enforced and entries were legitimate, the problem being it would then not be free of government influence and the risk (however remote) that the government could decide to arbitrarily blacklist bitcoin holdings.
PETA Abandons $1 Million Prize For Artificial Chicken
Inuit diets were up to 90% fat. High protein, low-fat diets are associated with "rabbit starvation", a phrase derived from a phenomenon of hunter-gatherers only being able to obtain rabbit meat and eating until they were distended but still being hungry due to inadequate fat consumption.
Gary Taubes writes about an experiment run in the 1920s where two men ate an all-meat diet. About the only consequence they could find from this was that one man's gingivitis cleared up.
He also writes about an anthropological study that found no "stone age" diets that were vegetarian, most were very high in animal protein and fat.
It's believed that prior to organized agriculture (which is very recent in terms of human history) that humans diets were dominated by meat eating. Outside of the tropics, native plants and fruits are seasonal and have a limited natural availability.
Android Beats iOS As the Top Tablet OS
Given that Android licensing costs are near zero and there aren't any other viable choices, why is Android a surprise at all? As for the sales volume, the low end of the market is big numbers. You can make Mercedes profit if you sell VW volume.
I'm curious what the sales numbers are for Surface Pros. I'm in the market for a new laptop and the Surface Pro is appealing as a sort of replacement. My existing dual-core 8 GB Dell with a 500 GB SSD is kind of a tank but with the SSD it's still usable for networking tasks. But for a lot of what I do, the Surface Pro would be fine and I could drag out the laptop if I really needed it.
My only fear is that I would accessorize it to death -- BT mouse, ethernet dongle, a bunch of USB sticks, and be basically back to lugging around the laptop.